What to Wear in your 40s

The work-family balance sometimes leaves you dizzy. Use cool cobalt to wake up your look

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She’s a fashion go-getter, drawn to bold color and eclectic styling.

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Strong touches in your 40s

Bold color, silver accents, menswear styling. French Connection tweed moto jacket, $215; frenchconnection.com.

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Vote for versatility

Nothing beats the ease of a knit dress, and the longer length here won’t provide a peep show when you’re in and out of a car all day or chasing after your kids. Rachel Rachel Roy rayon blend dress, $79; macys.com. Coldwater Creek metal and resin necklace, $70; coldwatercreek.com.

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Update your black sheath

When your day encompasses the professional (work), the personal (your kid’s piano recital) and the recreational (dinner with friends), the right dress will bridge the divides. Trade your solid black for a textural print with faux-leather short sleeves. Heels or flats, your choice. Muse faux-leather-top dress, $150; museapparel.com.

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Don't forget the drama

Add chunky metal that you can wear alone or layer with similar pieces. BCBGeneration spike bracelet, $48; bcbgeneration.com

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Get your sexy on

Girls’ night out calls for good friends, good cocktails and these heels. Shaken or stirred? Coye Nokes suede heels, $395; coyenokes.com.

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A Day-to-Night Look

When your day encompasses the professional (work), the personal (your kid’s piano recital) and the recreational (dinner with friends), the right dress will bridge the divides. Trade your solid black for a cobalt beauty with soft pleats. Sportmax suede and leather pleated dress, $2,990; 212-674-1817. Sportmax leather-banded wide belt, $325; 212-674-1817.

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Swap your ballet flats

Pointy toes are back, and these skimmers will dress up even a supermarket dash. Boutique 9 suede flats, $120; bloomingdales.com.

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Splurge without regret

Fabulous fabric and an artful geometric print make this a coat you’ll love for years. It costs a lot—but looks it. Zero + Maria Cornejo wool blend coat, $1,495; zeromariacornejo.com.

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Get bagging rights

If you like small bags, this one can go dressy or casual and has an adjustable strap that allows you to wear it either across your body or over one shoulder. Michael Michael Kors shoulder bag, $268; 866-709-5677.

Sneak in some tummy control

The slim silhouette is the pants shape of the moment, but the magic is in the fabric: Added spandex (and a high-waisted style) magically flattens. Lisette L rayon and spandex slim-fit pants, $112; lisettel.com.

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Borrow from the boys

Add a touch of menswear to your look. A long cozy cardi is perfect when you’re a spectator at a sporting event. Coldwater Creek color-block cardigan, $80; coldwatercreek.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Skirt the issue

The mid-calf hemline and amazingly stretchy fabric make this faux wrap skirt comfortable enough to wear all day. Helmut Lang jersey skirt, $360; helmutlang.com.

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Borrow from the boys

Or have fun with of-the-moment oxfords. Rag & Bone leather and pony-hair oxfords, $550; 866-509-3695.

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Go long

When jeans won’t do but comfort is key (lunch with friends? meeting about a freelance job?), consider this knit dress: It has all the ease of a T-shirt but looks so good, no one will ever suspect that’s why you chose it. DKNY color-block maxi dress, $335; dkny​.com for stores.

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Get some bagging rights

Go for a top handle bag that can haul it all. Banana Republic leather satchel, $220; bananarepublic.com.

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Runway inspiration: The best is brightest

At Michael Kors, the fall collection was awash in shades of bright royal blue, set off with pops of neon orange and taxicab yellow. Kors embraced classic tailoring and a mix of feminine and masculine styling.

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Hoisery tip

Use cobalt as an accent or wear it monochromatically. DKNY veiled color tights, $22; Nordstrom.

Buyer's Guide

Tracy Reese: Grownup yet whimsical

Lord & Taylor: One-stop shopping, with great service

Shoptiques.com: An online mall for boutiques across the country

Milly: Chic workwear

Salon Z at Saks.com: Plus-size emporium

Catherine Malandrino for Kohl's: Sexy shapes and color, priced right

Joie: Feminine blouses, trendy denim


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First Published Thu, 2013-09-26 10:01

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